Walter Hammerton restored

Walter Hammerton on the cover of the BMF Magazine April 2013I have just finished the second edition of the BMF Magazine. It’s notable for a number of reasons, not least the cover, which features an image of one of the founding fathers of the snappily titled The Boat and Yacht Builders’ and Proprietors and Allied Trades Protection Association. Walter Hammerton chaired the very first meetings, but was never president and remained relatively unknown in recent times until we dug out his back story.

Hammerton was the proprietor of a Thames ferry at Twickenham that still bears his name; he successfully fought an action to defend his right to run the service.

I found the image on the website of Twickenham Museum; it was quite badly damaged and so I spent a few hours restoring it it was amazing seeing it come to life as the worst of the cracks and gashes disappeared.

Other notable moments in the magazine include a BMF Centenary feature researched from the very early archives that are now held at Warwick University. And an interview with Willie Walsh, CEO of IAG (British Airways, Iberia and BMI) who, it turns out, owns a Westwood A390 on the Thames.



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